Alabama lampmussels—once thought to be extinct—are the topic of discussion at this week’s Science Forum. Gerry Dinkins, of the McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture, will present “Rediscovery of the Nearly Extinct Alabama Lampmussel in the Emory River” on Friday, November 1. The presentation will begin at noon in Room C-D of Thompson-Boling Arena. Attendees can bring lunch or purchase it at the arena.
McClung Museum News
The McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture last week installed a life-size dinosaur sculpture at its front entrance as
Campus is now home to the oldest and the newest Volunteer. A 2,400-pound, 24-foot-long bronze skeleton of an Edmontosaurus annectens—a hadrosaur, or duck-billed dinosaur—was installed today outside the front entrance of the McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture as part of the museum’s fiftieth anniversary celebration.
The McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture will offer a free family activity day to showcase the current temporary exhibition Pueblo to Pueblo: the Legacy of Southwest Indian Pottery on Saturday, November 2. The event will take place from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. The exhibit, which is on display through January 5, 2014, features more than seventy Pueblo Indian pottery vessels from Arizona and New Mexico.
Plant-eating dinosaurs of the Southeast will be the topic of the next lecture at the McClung Museum of Natural History on Sunday, October 27. Dinosaur expert Marc Spencer will speak at 2:00 p.m. in the museum’s auditorium. The event is free and open to the public. Spencer is a professor in the Department of Anatomy and Pathology at Marshall University.
Mummy expert Salima Ikram will speak at the McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture on Tuesday, October 15. The presentation is part of the museum’s fiftieth anniversary celebration. Ikram is a professor of Egyptology at the American University in Cairo and director of the Animal Mummy Project.
In celebration of International Archaeology Day and National Fossil Day, the McClung Museum will host a family-friendly event, “Can You Dig It?” on Sunday, October 13. The event, from 1:30 to 5:00 p.m., will feature activities about archaeology and fossils. It is free and open to the public and reservations are not required.The event will include activities for children, and visitors may bring artifacts, rocks, and fossils for identification.
The McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture and the East Tennessee Society of the Archaeological Institute of America will begin their annual lecture series on Tuesday, October 8, with a presentation by UT professors Erin Darby and Robert Darby, who will talk about their recent archaeological excavations at ‘Ayn Gharandal, Jordan.
Chris Rainier, a National Geographic photographer considered one of the leading documentary photographers today, will speak Sunday, September 22, at the McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture. Rainier’s talk, titled “Cultures on the Edge: The Race Against Time to Help Empower Traditional Cultures,” begins at 2:00 p.m.
The McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture will continue its fiftieth anniversary celebration on September 18 with a lecture about the shaping of eastern North America’s landscape. William A. Thomas, Hudnall Professor Emeritus of Geology at the University of Kentucky and visiting scientist at the Geological Survey of Alabama, will present “Eastern North American through Two Supercontinent Cycles.” The event begins at 7:30 p.m. in the McClung Museum. The event is free and open to the public.